Kansas City has finally kicked its winter habit and it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors! VisitKC guest blogger Diana Lambdin Meyer (@mojotraveler) takes you around the city and where to enjoy some of our wonderful parks.
After the shellacking Kansas City received from Mother Nature this past winter, we’re all ready to get out and enjoy SPRING! I am so tired of exercising indoors and fortunately Kansas City has the perfect cure for cabin fever and couch potato butt. Here are my five favorites. Hope to see you out there along the trail.
Berkley Riverfont Park
I live in Parkville, just north of downtown, and love the trail at English Landing Park right along the Missouri River. With a heavy canopy of cottonwood trees and a view of beautiful McKay Hall at Park University, the energy here is contagious. The three-mile crushed limestone trail loops around the soccer and baseball fields, past the playground and band shelter, never with the powerful Missouri River more than a few feet away. Read more
It’s that time of year. Time for stuffed bears, candlelight dinners and heart-shaped everythings. But being the bachelor that I am, this year I’ll celebrate my own way … with my own dearest love … food. Introducing a love letter to five local joints that are on my mind lately. These are the ones I crave about, fantasize about … and yes, [heart] the most this lovey-dovey time of year.
Avenues Bistro – Brookside is easily one of Kansas City’s most charming neighborhoods—and I rarely drive by this great local restaurant without swooning. If food is the way to a man’s heart, then this place hit the motherload. The menu here ranges from the delicious and familiar (lobster mac) to the more adventurous and European house specialties, like the Black Forest Jaeger Schnitzel. Those who like speed dating will probably enjoy the tapas. Small plates of ceviche, crab guacamole and bacon-wrapped jalapenos let you enjoy the bistro’s best, without the commitment of a full entrée. Read more
Of course, we don’t want you to shop until you drop, but it’s truly possible with the distinct shopping districts available in Kansas City. The city’s shopping areas offer fashion’s favorite labels, fun and funky gifts, high style and affordable prices. But what sets Kansas City apart as a shopping destination is the experience each district creates for the visitor, making finding the perfect gift fun for everyone! Whatever your tastes, we have it all in Kansas City.
Downtown Kansas City
The Crossroads Arts District for unique stocking stuffers like handmade stationery from Hammerpress or artisanal chocolates from Christopher Elbow. In the Power & Light District, look to Envolve for chic women’s styles or shop eight stores in one at The Garment District—a hip fashion collective with a bar nestled inside.
A little further north of downtown and straight out of the mind of Dr. Seuss, City Market transforms itself for Whoville Holidays, a yuletide celebration featuring The Grinch, art activities and a Cindy Lou Who look-alike contest.
After a long afternoon shopping the avenues of downtown KC, it’s time for a light meal. Venture off the beaten path to the Westside area. Popular picks range from small plates at Lill’s on 17th and savory crepes at Chez Elle, to farm-to-table fare at The Westside Local.